Governtment-Financed Non-Profits Should Be Subject to FOIA

Where was the Chicago Sun-Times in the 1970’s when I introduced a bill to require that all not-for-profit corporations which obtained a majority of its funding from government be subject to the Freedom of Information Act?

The bill garnered a favorable editorial cartoon in the Daily Herald, but no traction in the Illinois General Assembly.

Now with the Illinois High School Association revealing lavish salaries for its executives, the Sun-Times said on June 9th.
FOIA Non-Profits HS Sports S-T 6-9-15

“They hide behind a legal fiction, their status as private not-for-profit organizations, though they go deeply into the taxpayer’s pocket, existing directly or indirectly on tax dollars.”

The Sun-Times points to two Chicago non-profits:

  • Choose Chicago (the city’s tourism agency)
  • Navy Pier, Inc. (which runs Navy Pier)

I’d add

  • the Illinois Association of Park District
  • the Illinois Association of School Boards
  • the Illinois Association of School Administrators
  • the Illinois Principals Association
  • the Illinois Association of School Business Administrators
  • the Illinois Association for College Admission Counseling
  • the Illinois Community College Trustees Association
  • the┬áIllinois Council of Community College Presidents
  • the Township Officials of Illinois
  • the Illinois Municipal League
  • the Illinois Association of Fire Protection Districts
  • the Illinois Association of County Board Members
  • the McHenry County Council of Governments
  • the Illinois Association of Community Action Agencies
  • the Illinois Association of Chiefs of Police
  • the Illinois Association of County Fairs
  • the Illinois Association of Rehabilitation Facilities
  • Pioneer Center
  • Rosecrance

Undoubtedly there are dozens more, but you get the idea.

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A past Executive Director of the Illinois High School Association lived on Walkup Avenue. My father ran into him because he was also a trade association executive.


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Governtment-Financed Non-Profits Should Be Subject to FOIA — 1 Comment

  1. The non-profit sector that receives the majority or substantial revenue from government is HUGE in Northern Illinois.

    HUGE.

    It deserves scrutinizing.

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